Populismus in unserer globalisierten, mediatisierten Welt – eine Gefährdung der Demokratie
Watch Video of Benita Ferrero-Waldner's speech at the University of Zurich
Blick-Interview with Benita Ferrero-Waldner, 2 February 2017
Benita Ferrero-Waldner began her professional career in the private sector in the 1970s and entered the Austrian diplomatic service in 1984. In 1995, she was Head of Protocol to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and from 1995 to 2000, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Austria. In early 2000, Ferrero-Waldner became Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, a post she maintained until October 2004. In 2000, she served also President of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). From 2004-2008, she was European Commissioner for External Relations and Neighbourhood Policy and in 2009 she became European Commissioner for Trade, a post she held until February 2010. Today she is President of the Spanish Foundation Euroamerica and Board Member of various foundations and enterprises. Benita Ferrero-Waldner holds a doctorate in Law from the University of Salzburg and an Honorary Doctorate from the Lebanese American University in Beirut.